Cooking cakes in slow cookers is out of the norm for a lot of traditionalist slow cooker users, so we wanted to include some advice on what can and can’t be used in cake making in your slow cooker, and also to provide some general tips for getting the most out of your slow cooker cake making 🙂
First and foremost, as mentioned above, the ‘tea towel trick‘ is very important to prevent condensation dripping on your cakes when cooking them in the slow cooker. Click on the link to learn more about this.
Slow cookers can be used to cook packet/box type cake mixes as well as your own favourite from scratch recipe.
Here is a handy reference for converting your regular oven recipes to slow cooker recipes >>> here
But what about what you cook the actual cake in?
There are three options:
1. Line/Grease your slow cooker inner bowl and cook your cakes directly in this slow cooker bowl.
When doing this I find lining the bowl with non stick baking paper not only prevents sticking but also gives you something to hold onto to lift the cake out with at the end of the cooking time.
2. Metal cake tins can be used in your slow cooker.
If you are concerned with using them dry in your slow cooker (ceramic bowls in particular) simply fill the bottom of the slow cooker bowl with 2-3 cm of water first then sit your cake tin gently in this water prior to cooking.
You can also elevate the cake tin off the bottom of the slow cooker to allow heat to circulate evenly around your cake. This can be achieved by resting the cake tin on a metal trivet, on metal egg rings or even on scrunched up balls of aluminum foil.
3. Silicone cake tins (full cake tins and individual cupcake sized) are also safe to use in your slow cooker and will not melt.
After all they are intended for high heats of ovens also.
Use the suggestions in #2 to elevate them if your prefer.
When using non ceramic slow cooker bowls I personally sit my silicone cake tins/cups directly onto the bottom of the slow cooker, without water, with no concerns.
As with all non traditional slow cooking, be sure to check your manual first and only do what you are comfortable doing 🙂
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Watch our YouTube video here >> Slow Cooker Cakes 101